ISSUES: South Florida Schools Need to Embrace Bilingualism

Education is a vital asset to prepare students joining an increasingly competitive workforce. Living in South Florida, most would say that being bilingual is also essential. Today, it’s not simply a matter of learning their ABC’s and simple sentences in a foreign language — to stay competitive, students are expected to master core areas like math and science. But some language experts believe there is a shift happening — Miami’s command of the Spanish language is slowly slipping away, or getting sloppy, Due to assimilation. Is it time for Miami to formally teach and embrace bilingualism?

Philip M. Carter, Ph.D., Florida International University